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Review: “The Wheel”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $20-$82 Phone: 1-312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you go to Steppenwolf Theatre’s American premiere of “The Wheel” just to see Joan Allen on stage there for the first time in more than two decades, you won’t(…)

Review: “Smokefall”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Nov. 3 Tickets: $10-$40 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Is life worth living and what makes it so? Those are the metaphysical questions at the core of Noah Haidle’s imaginative, engaging and often very funny “Smokefall” in the Goodman Theatre’s Owen(…)

Hyde Park playwright to make debut

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A staged reading of selected works by a young Hyde Park playwright will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Rachel Baker, daughter of Hyde Park Community Players President Paul Baker and a junior at Coe College in(…)

Man shot Sunday on Cornell Avenue

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man was listed in serious condition after being shot at 8:55 p.m. Sunday in the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue. An unnamed 55-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body, including a wound to the head, according to representatives of Chicago Police News Affairs. The victim was(…)

St. Thomas hosts architecture talk

St. Thomas hosts architecture talk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Patrons of the arts or architecture fans may want to look to St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Parish. St. Thomas The Apostle recently began a lecture series on the architecture and art contained in the city’s first modern Catholic church. The next lecture in the series will focus on(…)

Math excludes Broncos from playoffs; Englewood trounced

Math excludes Broncos from playoffs; Englewood trounced

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer After hearing the news earlier in the week that they were mathematically eliminated from the Chicago Public League Football playoffs, the Kenwood Broncos would take out their frustrations on TEAM-Englewood in a 52-to-8 drubbing on “Senior Day” at Eckersall Stadium. “We heard the news earlier this week,” said Kenwood coach Darnell Jones. “Chicago(…)

Field Museum shines a light on the Exposition

Field Museum shines a light on the Exposition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer For six months 120 years ago Hyde Park was the center of global attention. The Field Museum recreates the Columbian Exposition that took place in Jackson Park in its newest temporary exhibit, “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The exhibit opened on Friday and will remain at(…)

Theater criticizes studios

Theater criticizes studios

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Harper Theater will show “12 Years A Slave” beginning Friday, Nov. 1, two weeks after blasting distributor 20th Century Fox’s decision to exclude it from the film’s initial release. The movie was originally released Oct. 18. Earlier that week, Harper Theater posted a petition on Change.org highlighting its(…)